Unified Arts - MSS



Kathryn Sabal Timothy Gardiner Cassandra Perrett-Manly Kelly Stein

The goal of art education at Maple Street School is to provide sequential processes of learning which encompass the following components as well as a focus on technique and improvement of skills. This gives all students the opportunity to show a marked improvement in skills every year regardless of whether they consider themselves to be talented and creative in art.

*Students will be able to use media, techniques and processes to understand and express elements and principles.

*Students will be able to use subject matter, symbols and ideas to make connections between art and other disciplines.

*Students will be able to understand that art is the essential core that reflects, records and shapes the history and development of culture.

*Students will be able to respond to works of art through analysis and interpretation.

*Students will be able to continuously examine, assess and improve their work.

I strive to guide my students to develop creative problem solving skills so they can become well rounded students with an appreciation for art.

The goal of the Physical Education program at MSS is to offer a wide variety of movement activities.  Students will then use these movements in developing sports skills along with leisure activities they can use throughout their entire lives.  Our mission is for all students, no matter what skill level, to be able to live healthy and active lifestyles.  During class we work on and practice the importance of effort, sportsmanship and cooperation so that the entire class is involved and work as a team.

Our music program is based on the National Standards for Music Education:

 * singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music;
* performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music;
* improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments;
* composing and arranging music within specified guidelines;
* reading and notating music;
* listening to, analyzing, and describing music;
* evaluating music and music performances;
* understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts; and
* understanding music in relation to history and culture

By following these standards, students are given a rich and valuable music education at Maple Street. Time is spent dancing and singing to music, as well as learning to read and compose pieces. My goal is to instill and nurture an appreciation for music in my students.

Becoming part of the band is an exciting opportunity for fifth grade students in Vernon. Band members can learn to play the flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone or percussion. Hard work and lots of practice will help to get these students ready for their three concerts. Band members should be practicing four or five days a week, 15-20 minutes each practice session.

Vernon Public Schools Mission Statement

The Vernon Public Schools, in partnership with family and community, is committed to provide a quality education, with
high expectations, in a safe environment where all students become independent learners and productive contributors to society.